There is nothing wrong with allowing boys to be boys, & allowing girls to be girls. However there is also nothing wrong with allowing both to be the other either. Gender & sexuality as we may know by now is a little more complex than we could have ever thought. Yes, in the end there is only man & woman however gender identity & sexuality isn’t always black & white. It’s quite vital that we take it upon ourselves to educate ourselves & those within a radius of us on all types of sexualities & gender identity.
L – Lesbian. Cisgendered homosexual women. i.e A woman who is attracted to women, identifies as a female but may or may not, entirely, dress like a woman.
G – Gay. Refers to homosexual individuals, but mostly used to describe cisgendered homosexual men. i.e A man who is attracted to men, identifies as male but may or may not, entirely, dress like a man.
T – Transgender/Transsexual. Males or females who identify differently from the gender they were born in. Some transsexuals choose to undergo hormone replacement therapy &/ surgery, while others merely choose to revamp their wardrobe to something they’re more comfortable with, without changing their physical appearance (medically).
Q – Queer. Another term for anyone who is homo/transsexual. Usually males or females who don’t quite identify/choose not to identify as any gender (gender queer). They dress however they please.
I – Intersex. Males or females that are born with genitalia that isn’t a hundred percent male or female. Some choose a gender to identify with, others don’t. Some go through surgery willingly, others unwillingly, & others – not at all. They too, dress however they please.
Now, you may have already be well-informed on the information above but have you come to a logical conclusion? What harm does it bring raising kids who are different? Is the LGBTQI community a threat, & if so (which i highly doubt), how?
Set aside the black & white & introduce the greys. The pinks. They reds. Create an open, warm space for it to feel welcomed. We live amongst, transsexual, pansexual, intersex individuals etc, not just gays, lesbians & bisexuals. & certainly not just cisgendered heterosexuals.
The point is not to raise a generation with an increased rate of homosexuality & transexuality (though there’s is nothing wrong with that), but to stop the perpetual cycle of stereotypes that encourages violent acts towards those who not only dare, but can’t help, but be different. I encourage you to raise a generation of well-informed individuals for they are the next generation’s society. & in order for us all to coexist, we’ll need a society that’s hasn’t been taught to be tolerant but is naturally kind & accepting.